First of all, what is the shoe box appeal? You put gifts (shown in the table) into a shoe box to send it to people as a Christmas present in poor countries.

Age/group of things

Boy/Girl/Family Items


Boy, Girl Cars, Trucks, action figures, colouring books, pencil, books, balls, hat, gloves, scarf, dominos, pencil case
Teenager (to 18) Boy, Girl Sportswear, scarf, gloves, socks, hat, football, writing material, hair brush, deodorants, toothpaste
Household Goods Family Hats, toothbrush, shampoo, soap flakes, pan scourers, bandages, face or body cream, candles, cosmetics
Up to 12 months Baby (for mother) Baby wipes, cotton wool, buds, baby shampoo, baby oil, talc powder, bonnet and mitts, baby blanket, rattle

Food, sweets, chocolate & drinks, conflict related items, matches, battery operated toys, living material

Our school has been doing this for a long time. We do the shoe boxes every year at Christmas time, to make poor people in other countries happy with just little things. These little things don’t have to be expensive, but just to imagine the happy faces from the kids who are getting the boxes, is enough to buy something. Also I think buying something for someone joins the countries and the other person who gets the present together and he or she gets to know the traditions from other countries, and in our case England.

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If something is too big, don’t worry, we still can send it! Above all, the contents should be of good quality!

Lilli Backhaus (Y10)